How many days away before you start packing?

Jimmy Mouse

My other car is the Monorail
Joined
Sep 3, 2017
I won't start packing till 9/4 because the day we leave, after work on 9/5, I will come home from work and go straight to bed so I can get up at 1:00 am. We will leave at 2:00 am so we miss traffic and the wife and kids will sleep. If I pack any earlier I'll just unpack to double check everything anyway.
 

Goofy'slady

When Life Gives You Lemons - SHOP!
Joined
Jul 31, 2006
We travel fairly often and over the years with many trips tucked under my belt I can pack in 1-2 days before a trip. When my girls were younger I was more involved in their packing but now my oldest is 20 and has been packing her own bag since she was 16. My youngest is now 13 so while she gathers her clothes and shoes together I still go over her items to make sure everything is there, in good condition and the like. Last weekend she left to visit dad in Albany NY for two weeks and won't be returning until the day before we leave for Disney. I had purchased her cute things especially for our vacation so I had her get those things together before she left so she's the only one who is mostly packed at this point. I believe I will start to pack when I come home from the office on Friday and we leave on Sunday.
 
  • disneyseniors

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jun 2, 2014
    I packed for myself about 60 days out but I cheat. Got to have socks buy new ones and toss them in. Same for underwear and since I wear t-shirts in the park lets buy 14 new ones and toss them in. Buy new shaving gear and toss in. I drive my daughter crazy she asked me if anything in my bag was old. Nope
    LOL, I had to laugh at this! I do the same thing. Always buying new things to throw in. That's probably why I always have too much!!!!!:)
     

    MousetersInc

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Dec 29, 2018
    I don't know about any 60 or 48, but if life doesn't get in the way I do plan to do a "trial packing" two weeks in advance, just to see how things fit, and then pack for good 1 week in advance.
     

    buzznina

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Oct 18, 2007
    Start the day before and finish the day of, since we normally leave after I get off of work to drive to WDW.
     
  • buzznina

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Oct 18, 2007
    wow you are brave!
    Never understood why people pack days in advance :confused3 We have a packing checklist, all laundry will be done by then, we have a travel bag that has a bunch of stuff always in it (zip lock bags, plastic ware, ponchos, closet organizer, hamper bag etc.). I pack my suitcase, DW packs hers and youngest DD into one, oldest DD packs hers, both DDs will pack a small suitcase with the Disney stuff animals/characters that they want to take. I have a small bag that I have a multi outlet extension cord and my power inverter, that I use to pack all our electronic cords/chargers in to take. I pack a plastic bin with snacks and food items and I buy a case of water for the trip. The outfits in a ziplock hasn't worked for us in years, once our DDs could pick their own clothes, they would not want to wear this or that. We found it easier, faster and less arguing to just tell them that they have (this much time) to get ready or else they will lose something that day like a treat etc. Now at 9 & 14 we really have no issues with them getting ready, AT DISNEY, normal days at home is different:laughing:
     

    DISNEY1975

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    May 5, 2008
    About 60 is normal for me to start. I gradually put outfits and piles together. Figure out what we are missing. Order stuff online when it goes on sale (pool shoes, ponchos, new bathing suits, Disney apparel etc...) Buy sunscreen, sundries.....Then about a week in advance it all goes into suitcases. Work on the carryons the last week and off we go!
     

    tgree9369

    #EarsUp
    Joined
    Sep 19, 2014
    About 60 is normal for me to start. I gradually put outfits and piles together. Figure out what we are missing. Order stuff online when it goes on sale (pool shoes, ponchos, new bathing suits, Disney apparel etc...) Buy sunscreen, sundries.....Then about a week in advance it all goes into suitcases. Work on the carryons the last week and off we go!
    You took the words right out of my mouth! We pre-perpare, then prepare and the check things again!
     

    Bjkandma

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Apr 29, 2019
    Just started today, 45 days out. Have list of things I "need" to buy. Added the things I want to buy. Working on getting clothes organized, etc. Will have suitcase completely packed and by front door at least 3 days before!!
     


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